11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Singapore
Subway + Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Toyooka
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
3
Asago
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Himeji
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
5
Kobe
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Subway:  9 h 45 min
End: Singapore

2
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, stop by Arashiyama, and look for all kinds of wild species at Yase Momiji no Komichi.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary website.

Singapore, Singapore to Kyoto is an approximately 11- hour combination of subway and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, flight, and train; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Kyoto reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Asahiyaki
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fuuka-Kimono ©
Fuuka-Kimono
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kinosaki Marine World, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, and finally walk around Genbudo Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Toyooka, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Toyooka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, tram, and flight. When traveling from Kyoto in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Toyooka, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Asago.

Things to do in Toyooka

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Baths
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Kinosaki Marine World ©
Kinosaki Marine World
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Onsen Resorts

1
night
Asago

Asago ©
Asago is a city located in northern Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.The modern city of Asago was established on April 1, 2005, from the merger of the former town of Asago absorbing the towns of Ikuno, Santō and Wadayama (all from Asago District).As of April 30, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 31,248, with 12,355 households, and a population density of 82.52 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Ikuno Ginzan, get outside with Ritsuun Gorge, and then steep yourself in history at Takeda Castle Ruins.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Asago trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Toyooka to Asago takes an hour. December in Asago sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Himeji.

Things to do in Asago

Outdoors Historic Sites
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Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 18th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then get in on the family fun at Taiyo Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Asago to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Asago in December, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Taiyo Park ©
Taiyo Park
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito

1
night
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kobe Oji Zoo, then enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe Port Tower, and finally wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kobe online trip planner.

Kobe is just a short distance from Himeji. December in Kobe sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Baths Zoos & Aquariums
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Kobe Oji Zoo ©
Kobe Oji Zoo
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take a stroll through Dotombori District and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Osaka tour itinerary builder.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kobe. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe

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